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Feb 11, 2013 10:00am PST
, lee at st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, of course, and nbc vatican analyst george weigel is here with me, and we begin with claudio. you were shocked by this. people in st. peter's square didn't even know that it was happening. tell us what happened. >> no, they didn't, andrea. we came around here after the shocking news, and all the cameras came down, and what the tourists saw is what's going on. everybody was just wandering around st. peter's square like it was a normal day, of course, and when we told them that the pope was abdicating they were shocked. they couldn't even -- they didn't even know that a pope could abdicate, as a matter of fact. in a way money knew in a way because the last pope that did that was about 700 years ago. it was in 1294. it seemed like it was impossible in modern times, but pope benedict xvi hinted that in 2010 and a mof times after that that if he felt that his strength wasn't such that he could carry on the very important duties of a pope, that he would think about it at least, but nobody saw that coming. this morning he announced that in
Feb 11, 2013 6:00am PST
possibility this time. yes, i do. >> all right. george weigel, nbc news analyst and we enjoy to have you on and now we have an excuse to have you on a lot for the next six weeks or as long as this takes. george weigel, always a pleas e pleasure. >> thank you, chuck. >>> other breaking news here, a courthouse shooting that we are keeping an eye on in wilmington, delaware. a spokesman says that three people were shot at the new castle county courthouse, and that a suspect is in custody. two women and a man were reportedly shot and their conditions are not known and we will keep an eye on the story as it develops. >>> we will continue to follow that breaking news, and breaking news out of rome, and a lot of stuff going on here tomorrow, and coming up is the next chapter in the penn state sexual abuse scandal. and the late family of joe paterno calls the investigation fundamentally flawed. and up next we will look at politics planner, and one of the more exclusive clubs in the american military is going to be a new medal of honor recipient and that ceremony will take place at the white hous
Feb 11, 2013 6:00am EST
and he says he simply doesn't have the strength to do this anymore. george weigel is the vatican consultant. george, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> talk to me about your reaction to hearing this news. >> good morning, matt. it's a surprise. obviously this hasn't happened since 1296, which is 717 years ago. a papal abdication. he was 85 years old too. there's a historical symmetry there. pope benedict xvi has said on numerous public occasions, including his most recent interview book that, were he to come to the judgment, that he did not have the physical stamina left to give the church the leadership it deserved. that he would abdicate. i think frankly that's the proper word. a resignation is something someone hands to someone else. popes have mo one to resign to. this is an abdication. he has said he would consider this. i'm sure he considered it thoughtfully and prayerfully. it is obviously unprecedented. but i think we all had the sense both from the realities of a world in which people live much longer than before and from the pope's own words that this was a real p
Feb 11, 2013 7:00pm EST
the white smoke. i think it's frankly pretty exciting. >> george weigel, last one. some controversies during this pope's reign. particularly the whole sexual abuse thing which came crashing down on the catholic church. has it healed in your judgment? >> there are certainly places in the church where it hasn't healed yet. ireland comes to mind. certainly parts of our own country where we're still dealing with the afterburn of abuse committed 20, 30, 40 years ago. but this pope was, i think, quite vigorous in his attempts to root out of the church this wickedness. and i am completely confident that his successor will continue to do that. >> thank you very much, both of you. we appreciate it. george weigel and cathy ruse. >>> investors seem bullish right now but are business leaders just as optimistic? that's next up. >>> later in the show, most talked about speech in america. no, not the state of the union. it's the national prayer breakfast speech made by dr. benjamin carson right in front of president obama. we're going to be playing the highlights of that speech throughout the show. and we
Feb 16, 2013 4:00am PST
earlier than planned. joining me now from rome, nbc news vapt cannon list george weigel. it is very good to see you. as we get to the process of selecting the new pope, how soon can that begin and do you hear these reports as well that it may go earlier than expected? >> i do. i prankly think that's a very wise idea. the 15 to 20-day provision in the current constitution that govern it is election of a pope, was created to allow time for a i did any tied funeral mass, a period of mourning for the deceased pope, and a set of meetings among the cardinals and then the enclosure of the conclave. of course, there is no funeral this time. so when the seat becomes vacant at 8:00 p.m. rome time february 28, i would imagine, indeed i would hope, that about a week would pass before the conclave would be enclosed and the voting process would begin. this is simply a matter of amending the apostolic constitution which is the pope can do or he can assign the authority to the dean of the college of cardinals to do that himself. >> so we have welfare days or so leading up to february 28. what happens to
Feb 17, 2013 6:00am PST
. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. author george weigel is an analyst. >> he creases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there's never been a bishop of rome emeritus for 719 years. he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> in meeting with rome's priest last week, benedict says once he steps down he will remain hidden from the world. eventually he will live in this monastery in vatican city, physically close to the new pope but no one expects hip to be intrusive. >> the new pope may come in, seek his advice, do something quietly. >> benedict as pope has surprised many. he was labeled god's rottweiler. yet benedict showed a gentle pastoral side. and meeting with sex abuse victims during his 2008 trick to the u.s. john covered the vatican for 30 years. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned, without a doubt. and i think it may be the finest legacy to the church. he brought the papacy into the modern age. >> to choose the successor is somewhere between march
Feb 17, 2013 11:00pm PST
think most of i, quite frankly. >> reporter: george weigel says that leaves the next pope with a crucial task. >> he has to find someone who can clean house and who can make the curia an instrument of what we call the new evangelization, not an pediment tool. >> one of the those with a vote for pope is cardinal roger mahony. former archbishop of los angeles and scheduled this week as part of a sexual abuse lawsuit. he's facing a deposition about the ax cue sayses to protect accused priests and to protect the church. beare moved as archbishop in l.a. he still remains a card until in the church and that qualifies him to cast a vote. critics are calling on mahony to recuse himself of voting. >>> the man who became known around the world is the blade runner during the olympics has put his running career on old while facing murder charges. oscar pistorius is accuse of shooting his girl. his agent says he was canceling all the runner's races saying his client will defend himself against the charges. >> other people from many point of fight and also as a friend, it's a tragic circumstances an e
Feb 11, 2013 8:00am PST
bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength in the last few months has deteriorated to me to the extend i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry. with hindsight being 20/20, had there been any rumors that something like this was coming? >> reporter: we possibly benedict xvi even hinted at it himself, he said if he felt his strength and his body wasn't up to speed to comply with the duties that were -- that are expected of a pontiff, and very heavy duties like traveling around, attending ceremonies, working nonstop. at 85, that's tiring for everybody, for any man his age, let alone a pontiff and the pope and leader of 1 billion catholics around the world, but nobody really believed that would happen or nobody believed that would happen before at least next year, because this, maybe i remind you, is the year of the faith. so that came as a surprise to everybody, as you heard card natural dol
Feb 28, 2013 7:00am PST
. savannah? >> no question about that, matt. and as we are joined here by not only george weigel our vatican analyst, we've got george burke from the vatican. reflecting on the papacy of the pope benedict xvi, he's a shy and bookish theologian who never really embraced the public spotlight. you got to see him from a perspective that we don't. >> he got a lot better at it. when he came, he said he was not going to try to be john paul ii. i think it was clear that john paul was a professor and an actor. and joseph ratzinger was just a professor. he got better at it. people embraced him for what he was. george was mentioning the humility. he didn't have body language, but they saw by his nonbody language, his humility. you always sensed he was surprised that all these people had shown up for me. people grabbed that. they realized that. and i think for that reason, they were also willing to listen to him. >> we see now, matt, of course, the helicopter that will take the pope to his place of residence the next couple of months, castel gandolfo. >> and he won't be alone in the helicopter, father b
Feb 25, 2013 7:00am PST
conversation. we are out of time. we will talk again. nbc news vatican analyst george weigel. thank you. >>> john cary on his first overseas trip as secretary of state. meeting with u.s. embassy employees in london. earlier the secretary talk with british prime minister david cameron about the crisis in syria and iran's nuclear program. the uk's foreign secretary told kerry that jump starting peace talks this year is critical. secretary kerry will visit nine countries in 11 days. at tyco integrated security, we consider ourselves business optimizers. how? by building custom security solutions that integrate video, access control, fire and intrusion protection. all backed up with world-class monitoring centers, thousands of qualified technicians, and a personal passion to help protect your business. when your business is optimized like that, there's no stopping you. we are tyco integrated security. and we are sharper. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four monkey? a baboon? hot stew saturday!? ronny: hey jimmy, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollar
Feb 28, 2013 2:00pm PST
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Feb 11, 2013 7:00am PST
adjusting to this news. let's turn to george weigel. it's good to see you. >> hi, savannah, how are you? >> very well. this is being framed as an act of great humility. you have to go back to the middle ages to find somebody that add voe indicated the papacy in this matter. what do you think the legacy of pope benedict will be? >> i think pope benedict is the greatest preacher in the world today. he has a remarkable capacity to express the beautiful truth of the christian faith in an accessible way. it's simplicity that comes on a far side of great complexity. this is an extraordinarily learned man as cardinal dolan said. what has struck me in the 25 years i have known the man who will return to being joseph ratzinger, is the simplicity of his soul. this is a thoroughly convinced christian believer who happens to be one of the smartest people in the world who speaks six or seven languages with complete flewency, who knows the history of biblical religion from "a" to "z." who never wanted to be an executive, a manager, who always thought of himself primarily as a scholar. but who somehow
Feb 17, 2013 12:00pm PST
. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and close to the new pope but no one expects him to be intrusive. >> he may speak his advice and may do something quietly. i think the pope going to the monastery is the pope going to the monastery. >> reporter: benedict as pope he was labelled god's rottweiler. throughout his papacy benedict showed a gentle pastoral side never more so than meeting privately with sex abuse victims during his 2008 trip to the u.s. but saved his biggest surprise for last says john thav s who covered the vatican for 30 years. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned without a doubt. i think it may be his fi
Feb 11, 2013 7:00am EST
or on march 1st. >> george weigel, i'm going to ask you to stand by. we have greg burke on the phone from vatican city. thank you for being with us on what i know is a busy morning for you. >> good morning. yes, it's a little hectic, straight away. >> the first question is how much of a surprise was this? clearly the pope was not in great health. he had talked about his willingness to step aside if he felt his health was such that he couldn't perform the duties of pope and yet we hear from our producer in rome, real surprise, almost shock at this. >> well, it is a surprise. although i think people had fair warning because it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a book that i suggest to a lot of people, long interview with the german journalist, peter seawald and the journalist asked the pope if he would resign at any time. he said something interesting, because this was in the midst of a scandal and all that stuff. and he said well, now is certainly not the time. it's not a time to run when you're at great risk or in an emergency period. but he said, i do believe the
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